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Submission + - Dutch Government Forced to Reduce CO2 Emissions by at least 25% by 2020

ChristW writes: In a major victory for the Dutch people — represented by Urgenda — and the environment. the judge has ordered that the government is responsible for its citizens' well-being, and therefore orders the state to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 25% (relative to 1990's emission levels) at the year 2020. (Article in Dutch)

Submission + - McAfee Fears Torture By Belize Police

ChristW writes: Famous software engineer John McAfee, known for his line of anti-virus software fears for torture by the Belize police force. Last Sunday, his neighbour's body was found in a puddle of blood. Police told him that he is not a suspect, but they want to interrogate him none the less. McAfee fears that the police wil not hold back on torture methods to get him to give them any information. When his farm was raided, he dug himself into the ground and put a box over his head to keep from being found.

He tells this in interviews that are published on CNBC's and Wired Magazine's websites.
Hardware

Submission + - Developers for GTA04 (OpenMoko successor) needed! (gta04.org)

ChristW writes: "In a recent article, I presented you with the OpenMoko Freerunner's successor, the GTA-04.

The project is in dire need of (kernel) developers to help out with drivers, suspend/idle time and userland applications, or any other area you may be interested in.

A limited number of free (as-in-beer and, of course, as-in-speech) GTA04 main boards is available for people who want to help move the project forward. Having a GTA01 (Neo1973) or GTA02 (Freerunner) is optional, but having one will enable you to convert your existing phone to one with the new main board.

If anyone is interested in obtaining one of these boards, please let me know!"

Government

Submission + - UK Government Demands Info On All Calls, Emails and Tweets (techweekeurope.co.uk) 1

judgecorp writes: "the UK government is proposing a ,law that would require phone and Internet companies to store information on all communications, and hand it to the security services when required. The Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDP) abandoned by the last government is back on the table, proposed as a means to increase security, and likely to be pushed throgh before the Olympics in London, according to reports."

Submission + - Sopa-II : H.R. 1981 "Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act" (businessinsider.com) 7

TaoPhoenix writes: "Here we go! As many of you predicted, SOPA would be rebuilt worse than ever by switching the Copyright flavor to a "Protect the Kiddies" flavor. You were right. H.R. 1981, entitled "Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act", has just been sponsored by Lamar Smith, the same lead proponent of SOPA. That was fast! Unfortunately it has a built in cheapo argument ready as a talking point. It also has some nasty and costly data retention clauses that weren't even in SOPA. Are we ready to do another Blackout Day? I don't think we have too many of those left before the fragile Internet coalition becomes exhausted. So, two questions: How do we stop this bill, and how do we win a victory permanent enough that we don't have to do this every single month?
Business Insider version: http://www.businessinsider.com/anonymous-and-internet-advocates-wheres-your-hr-1981-outrage-2012-2
David Seaman's Youtube videocast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBVqm2W56c8"

Google

Submission + - Google "Busted With Hand in Safari Cookie Jar" (wired.com)

a_hanso writes: Wired and several other sources report: Google intentionally circumvented the default privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser, using a backdoor to set cookies on browsers set to reject them, in the latest privacy debacle for the search and advertising giant. Google immediately disabled the practice after the Wall Street Journal disclosed the practice.
Windows

Submission + - VLC 2.0 with Experimental BluRay Support Now Available for Windows, Mac [Downloa (thetechnologytimes.com)

Prabhakaran writes: "VideoLan has just released the most awaited version 2.0 of open source VLC media player and it’s now available for download. Case of changes it has plenty, yes VLC 2.0 has revamped with new UI, 10bits codecs, new video rendering pipeline, high-quality subtitles, and also supports new experimental BluRay discs, more HD file formats and bunch of bug fixes. Especially the Mac version has"

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